We love visits from our colleagues and were thrilled when Ethan Kauffman, garden director, and Erik Healy, lead horticulturist, from Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, SC showed up to trade plants and take some cuttings. Moore Farms is still a young garden, just hitting its first decade. I’ve still not yet had a chance to visit but the photos I’ve seen show exceptional design coupled with great plants. After wandering around the JC Raulston Arboretum grounds and greenhouses with Ethan and Erik, it’s no wonder Moore Farms is doing so well. They are both keen plantsmen with an eye for the really interesting material and taste as eclectic as ours here at the Arb. We’ll be exchanging interns later in the summer, ours just for a quick visit but the Moore Farms interns will join our team for 3 days to enjoy work in the relative cool of the central NC summer (anyone who has been to east-central SC knows it may be the hottest place on earth in July or at least the most humid). If you’d like to visit them, check out their open garden days and workshops since they’re not open for daily visits.